Synopses & Reviews
"Makes growing your own into a swashbuckling and delicious adventure--where you travel the world and taste its finest fruits in your own backyard."
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, founder of River Cottage and author of The River Cottage Cookbook
For the food-loving gardener, Mark Diacono has a new mantra: Life is too short to grow ordinary food. Head gardener at the famed River Cottage, Diacono wants us all to stop growing onions, potatoes, and carrots, because it's just as easy to cultivate mouthwatering delights such as Chilean guava, kai lan, daylilies, Japanese wineberries and Szechuan pepper. In The Food Lover's Garden he shows how easy it can be to reap extraordinary flavor.
Selected for their deliciousness and ease of growing, the fruits and vegetables in the book come with straightforward gardening advice and detailed information on how and when to harvest. Preparation suggestions plus fifty recipes, such as sweet Blue Honeysuckle Pancakes, stunning and delicate Daylily Fritters, and a rich, double cream Cardoon Gratin, teach readers how to showcase the unusual ingredients in their home cooking.
Brimming with practical advice for growing and enjoying 39 of the most remarkable fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, spices, and flowers, The Food Lover's Garden is a sumptuous and lyrical invitation to garden, eat, and live more adventurously.
About the Author
Mark Diacono is head gardener at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage enterprise -- running the growing courses, giving talks, and hosting events at River Cottage HQ and appearing in the River Cottage TV series. He also runs Otter Farm, home to gourmet delights such as kai lan, salsify, Chilean guava, daylilies, and Szechuan pepper.
His adventurous spirit tempted him to try growing rarely seen delicacies and delicious exotics that would normally be sourced from overseas. Happily they flourished, helped along by rising temperatures caused by climate change. Mark's first book, Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook Number 4 was named Practical Book of the Year at the UK's Garden Media Guild Awards.